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very fun. however do not take dogs. took my dog here about 6 years ago. bad idea. lifting her around the obstacles was very hard. she did not enjoy it. also avoid this place during stormy weather. I was there on a clear day. but if your in there when a flashflood is coming you will die. so think ahead
went in for 3 nights. originally planned to go the whole way. but after we only made it 4 miles the first day because of starting too late in the day. we decided to make a base camp and do day hikes. the hike in is pretty tough. no clear trail and constantly crossing the stream. bring a GPS with maps for the area. the first 5 miles aren't bad but after that the plants are very thick and funding a way through takes a long time. or you get lots of cuts. walking in water would be easier but water is cold in the spring and fall. also lots of quicksand. nothing too dangerous.
I went with a group of friends and ended up hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulches -- fun, but challenging! There was quite a bit of standing water, mud puddles to be exact, in Peek-a-Boo and by the time we were done we were muddy messes. I can't imagine doing this alone because we had to help each other get over some of the walls. Spooky had some tight places and only one challenging spot were a climbing technique was needed in order to get over a drop that was about 5 feet. Oh yeah, rope helps!! Overall this was a great hike and yes I would gladly do it again!
Went last week right after a big rain.
Spooky was dry but ended up waist high in spots in Peek-a-Boo. I lost my camera I think in a water puddle, so if you happen to find it please let me know. It's water proof. Had a great time. We ran into a tarantula in Spooky which made it even better!
The best and *most accurate* description of these canyons, with waypoints and topo map reference, can be found at http://climb-utah.com/escalante/dryfork.htm. We followed that info last weekend and had no problem finding our way - our experience was exactly as described there.
FUN, FUN!This is my kids favorite hike definitely in my top 5. challenging from start to finish, getting into Peek-a-boo is no easy task, couldn't imagine doing it alone, very hard to crawl up with all the loose sand, Next big challenge is climbing down into Spooky need a little chimney climbing technique , or take a leap of faith a few feet down, probably should be in at least a little bit of shape to do these, I am far from super fit, but you do need to use a few muscles!
The drive to the trail head is more difficult than the hike. We hiked this with 40 youth and they swam in Lake Powell. Plan for all day to travel and hike. Hike was 2 hours round trip. Travel is about 5 hours on dirt road. If you take an ATV it would be faster.
I am also a Scoutmaster and my ASM and I just took five scouts (12-13 yr olds) on this route from Crack in the Wall to Jacob Hamblin Arch. We did it in 8.5 hours with only day packs for food and water. Everyone had a great time exploring this canyon with no incident nor injury, no blisters nor chaffing. The only hard part was after we climbed out and had to cross the desert back to the car. By then, the group was tired, hot and ready to be done but we will definitely do this again! Read more about our experience at http://blog.myscoutstuff.org/2016/06/exploring-coyote-gulch-with-scouts/